THE CLOSER WE GET: Documentary Film Screening at DCIFF 2016
THE CLOSER WE GET
(UK/2015/88mins) US Premiere.
Directed by Karen Guthrie
A portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen, who takes you under the skin of the household she returns to for this long goodbye to a parent.
This exceptionally candid documentary perhaps the closest British equivalent to Jonathan Caouettes Tarnation transforms the camera into a therapeutic tool to reassess a complex family history. Given the relation between director and subjects, we expect the heightened intimacy, but here the subsequent silences, awkward small talk and sudden emotional outpourings have been stitched into an epic chamber play. There have been few more perceptive and empathetic non-fiction portraits of the hold a particular kind of patrician male can exert over those around them. Some scenes, inevitably, make painful viewing, but Guthrie proves fearless about peering into those interpersonal grey areas most clans shy away from.
Carnegie Institution for Science (View)
Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
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